Easy Gluten Free Stir Fry Recipe with Wild Shrimp

Gluten Free Shrimp Stir Fry
Gluten Free Shrimp Stir Fry

I know, I know – I’m not the best food photographer yet! But I’m getting lessons and making steps to have fancy pictures soon I promise! I got the cute dishes and accents to make Pinterest worthy photos of all my new and fun creations.

Let’s get right down too it! I’ve been trying to come up with meals out of ingredients that we already have in our house. I made Gluten Free Stir Fry that was fabulous! What I love about stir fry is that you can really use any meat and veggies with it and it can taste delicious. This just happens to be what we had in our house at the time.

Here’s what I did…

Gluten Free Shrimp Stir Fry

1/2-1 Pound of uncooked Wild Shrimp

3 cups of cooked brown rice

2 cups of spinach

2 cups of broccoli pulled into small bite pieces

1 cup of frozen edamame

1 cup of chopped mushrooms

1 tablespoon of garlic salt

1 tablespoon of onion powder

1 tablespoon of chopped garlic

4 tablespoons of olive oil

Gluten Free Soy Sauce – I use San-J

1. Start cooking your brown rice – you want the shrimp and rice to be done around the same time.

2. Thaw and peel the shrimp. Cut into bit size pieces and cook in a skillet with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and the garlic. The uncooked shrimp tastes a million times better than the already cooked and frozen shrimp. When it turns white and pink – it’s done.

3. Place the spinach, broccoli, edamame, mushrooms, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, garlic salt and onion powder in a deep skillet with medium heat covered until the spinach begins to wilt. You can obviously try any veggies to your liking in this dish because it’s so versatile!

4. Take 1/4 cup of soy sauce and mix all of the vegetables together with the shrimp. Let simmer for about 3-5 minutes.

5. When the mixture looks blended add another 1/4 cup of soy sauce and the 3 cups of rice to the mixture. Use a large spoon to really mix the ingredients together.

6. Serve with your favorite gluten-free wontons or egg rolls. We love the Feel Good Foods brand! Non greasy and yummy!

 

I’m a WeGo Health Activist Finalist for Rookie of the Year Award 2012!!!

I’m a finalist for the Rookie of the Year Award!
I’m a finalist for the Rookie of the Year Award!

I am SO excited that I’m just smiling ear to ear today after hearing I am a finalist for the Rookie of the Year award by the WeGo Health website! Click on the link to see the other finalists and share or comment on the post!

What does the WeGo Health program do?

WEGO Health is a different kind of social network, built from the ground up for the community leaders, bloggers and tweeters who are actively involved in health online. WEGO Health is a platform for committed health advocates to foster new relationships, gain access to helpful resources, and to grow their communities. And it’s free.

Our goal is to equip our network with opportunities designed for the active contributor, relevant content, powerful educational resources and shareable interactive media. We hope that the bloggers, tweeters, and community leaders that we call Health Activists will find inspiration, strength and support here.

All I can say is THANK YOU to my followers and the gluten free and celiac community for opening your arms to me and bringing me into your world.

 

xo

Rebecca

Do you suffer from Celiac Sadness?

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If you have celiac disease or think you have celiac disease, you can’t help but go through denial at some point in this journey. For me, it was both before I was diagnosed when I had a million different health issues and then about 6 months post diagnosis when it really hit me what this meant.

In a quick internet search on denial, of course Wikipedia was the top search result but it also was the thing that hit home the most – specifically the term abnegation:

Denial, in ordinary English usage, is asserting that a statement or allegation is not true.[1] The same word, and also abnegation, is used for a psychologicaldefense mechanism postulated by Sigmund Freud, in which a person is faced with a fact that is too uncomfortable to accept and rejects it instead, insisting that it is not true despite what may be overwhelming evidence.

Turns out, it wasn’t denial after all. It was abnegation.

I’ve never heard of this term before but man does it hit the nail on the head. Let me explain…

You see there was always a suspicion in the back of my mind that I might have celiac after a coworker was diagnosed who was having the exact same symptoms as me. I didn’t want to have celiac and I didn’t believe that was the case. I said things to myself like “it’s such a rare disease” or “but I don’t get sick when I eat bread.” She repeatedly would tell me I should go and get tested but I never did.  I didn’t want to.

There I was going from doctor to doctor trying to find an answer. Trying to figure out what was wrong with me. Continuing to hear from my friends and family that I was a “hypochondriac” or “always had something wrong with me.” The answer was right in front of me for years, yet I didn’t want to believe it.

The first few months after diagnosis were a struggle. I ate the same foods every day because I knew they were safe but I was so busy opening my business that it worked out well that way for a few months. But after the shock of diagnosis ended and my business calmed down a little, the denial and abnegation reared its ugly head again.

It really hit home for me that I would never eat the foods I loved ever again.

That I could never eat a delicious piece of sourdough bread at my favorite restaurant.

That I wouldn’t be able to grab a bite to eat just anywhere anymore.

That I couldn’t enjoy foods with friends the way it used to be.

That eating fruit and cheese at weddings was my new reality.

That celiac was my new reality.

I was sad, angry, anxious, depressed and in denial.

Maybe I didn’t have this life long disease. It was a wrong diagnosis. I should find another doctor and get a second opinion. maybe I could have gluten a little bit, every once in a while. Maybe I could just do what I’ve always been doing and hope for the best in the long run.

Yup, all of these thoughts ran through my mind. I was sad for about 2 months. I’m lying – I was depressed. July and August of 2012 were just awful for me. I started blogging September 1st and after starting to find all of you online, that’s when I realized I wasn’t alone and my life wasn’t over. I could turn this into something positive and wonderful.

I want you to know it is totally ok to go through these emotions and have these feelings. A few weeks or months is ok, if you are finding it lasting longer than this, it is ok to seek professional help to get over the celiac sadness. <– This is a real thing. It never really goes away.

Celiac Sadness: The temporary feeling of sadness when you encounter any of these scenarios:

  1. You get glutened.
  2. You realize at a social event there is nothing for you to eat.
  3. You make an awesome recipe only to find out it’s disgusting and you spent $75 on ingredients.
  4. You get upset when you see someone make fun or mock gluten-free anything.
  5. You go to dinner with a friend and they constantly make comments about how you order, what you are eating or how delicious their own meal tastes.
  6. You hit your third grocery store to get all the brands of gluten-free foods you enjoy.
  7. You are on a road trip looking for a Wendy’s or Outback Steakhouse but settle for almonds and a bag of kettle chips at the gas station.
  8. You get angry when another dumb ass celebrity says they are going “gluten-free to be more healthy.”
  9. You realize how many years you spent sick because our medical doctors aren’t properly educated on celiac disease.
  10. You finally come to terms with yourself that this is your life now, you can never go back and you will be okay.

Do you ever have Celiac Sadness? Post below!!

Rebecca

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The Extra Challenges Associated with Fitness and Celiac Disease

After going through my own weight loss journey, I realized the fitness industry was severely lacking the kind of trainer I needed and wanted – someone who was educated on fitness, motivating to keep me coming back for more and just as excited as I was when I started seeing results.

You see, time after time, I went to a gym or met with a trainer that always wanted to push his own goals on me and then brushed me off when I said that I wanted to do something else. I also ended up with a knee injury requiring surgery because I had damaged it so much during our training sessions from being told that it was “weak” and I needed to lift heavier. Quite the contrary actually – the knee was so damaged, I needed to go lighter.

I’ve had trainers that didn’t pay attention to me the whole session because they had so many other people training at the same time. I’ve had trainers that took me to Chipotle after our workout sessions. I’ve had trainers that didn’t listen to me when I said something hurt or didn’t feel right. I’ve had trainers that wanted me try unsafe moves or exercises to “sculpt” me.

I opened my own business to be the complete opposite of everything horrible I saw while I was losing the weight myself.

You see I’ve learned over the past 4 years, people want to feel like they belong somewhere. They want to feel a bond with their trainer and the environment. Losing weight is an intimate process. Not everyone wants you to prod them, take pictures of them and feel their sweaty bodies during measurements. They don’t want to feel like a scolded child if they go out for drinks one night and have a life. While I certainly believe there are people out there that are hardcore and want their trainers to yell at them and force them to do crazy stuff, there is a larger group of people who want to be nurtured towards their results. Trainers that push their clients to do fad diets, crazy weight loss plans, extreme cardio or other unsafe weight loss mechanisms will see results very quickly. However, that will soon fade and those clients will be binge eating at a food truck sooner than you can say “grilled chicken.”

Your goals are not my goals. Your goals drive the results of the training sessions. It is not your trainers job to force goals upon you during or after your sessions. Results are a direct response to your goals.

Which is why this post is completely relevant to those of you seeking fitness services while having auto-immune diseases like fibromyalgia, celiac disease, arthritis, endometriosis and the rest of the lovely things we all struggle with along with celiac.

It is essential for us to find a facility with a great reputation for being caring, supportive, encouraging AND results oriented.

You should NEVER feel bad, awkward or uncomfortable talking to your trainer about any pain, physical struggles and emotional struggles. This is an essential component to our health and wellbeing. If the only thing we can do is show up to the session and try our best, than that is what should be acceptable. You are paying THEM to help you get to your goals. Don’t let them treat you poorly. I’m not saying they shouldn’t give you a push or challenge you, but they need to understand there is a limit. I would never want anyone leaving my facility to go home and cry because of me!

Last year I struggled tremendously with my own fitness program and I know how hard it is to get out of bed when you are exhausted and in pain. All it takes is a gluten incident, lactose incident or some other weird food thing to make me ill forcing me to stay at home than go to the gym. A migraine can off shoot 3 days for me sometimes. The cramping from the endometriosis didn’t get better when I worked out.

We need more trainers in the world that are understanding and caring to their clients individual needs. We need more trainers that want to learn about our conditions and help motivate us to keep going even when we would rather lay on the couch and watch tv. I can tell you someone who tells me I’m lazy or a wimp will not motivate me what so ever.

This industry is so quick to say you aren’t trying hard enough or you’re lying about your diet when weight loss goals aren’t met. No one thinks that you could have a hormone problem causing you to retain the weight. No one thinks that maybe you are struggling with water retention from a health condition preventing weight loss. No one thinks that those pills you are taking for XYZ could be adding pounds to the scale and not your eating habits or work ethic in the gym.

At Bexa Body Fitness, we focus on our clients 150% – their goals are our goals. We understand that not everyone is looking for a tremendous weight loss story or wanting to run a marathon. There are lots of people out there that are just trying to improve their quality of life, not win a body building competition. We need to educate trainers on our diseases and start training them to have more coping and coaching skills to go right along with their awesome motivational and training skills.

I realize that my life experiences have put me in the position to intimately know the emotions and physical distress but it’s unfortunate to see so many people struggling with seemingly nowhere to turn. I’m ready to help educating this industry to the best of my ability, hoping to help so many more in the future.

5 Tips for Trying New Gluten-Free Products – Guest post by G-Free Laura!

5 Tips for Trying New Gluten-Free Products

One of the difficult things about the gluten-free diet is testing out new gluten-free foods and brands. There have been many times when I’ve gotten excited about a new product on the shelf at the grocery store and purchased the product, only to get home and find out that it tastes like junk.

So how can you prevent yourself from wasting money on gluten-free products that aren’t worth it? The below 5 tips will help you to happily try new products without any regret!

Tip 1: Ask the Blogosphere

The online gluten-free community is HUGE. It is an invaluable resource for those on the gluten-free diet. There are tons of gluten-free blogs out there that are run by people just like you! Everyone is in the same boat when it comes to trying new products: we don’t know how it will taste until we taste it, and we don’t have the money to waste on things that taste like cardboard.

Before you pick up your next box of new gluten-free crackers, or a loaf of gluten-free bread from an unfamiliar brand, go home and Google the product to see what people have to say. Chances are that someone has written a review on the product. Utilize this online ‘support group’ before you commit a new product to your pocketbook.

Tip 2: Go on Twitter or Facebook

Odds are if you’re gluten-free and semi-in tune with the whole social media thing, you follow a few gluten-free people on Facebook or Twitter. If you have a question about a product and want to find out if your favorite blogger or social influencer has tried it, just ask them!

The great thing about normal, down-to-earth people with gluten-free blog-personalities is that they are right there with you. If someone sends me a message, or asks a question on Twitter, I respond as quickly as possible and to the best of my ability. If I don’t know the answer to their question, I try to figure it out, or point them in the right direction. I don’t want my followers wasting their time or money on products that aren’t worth it!

If you’re wondering whether or not to spend the $6.99 on those frozen gluten-free pizza crusts, or the $4.99 for that box of gluten-free crackers, ask someone if you should!

Tip #3: Utilize New Resources

Another great way to try new products is to literally get them delivered to your door step. There are new gluten-free companies popping up left and right that want to help the gluten-free community with their journey. I’m not going to lie, I’m jealous they weren’t around when I went gluten-free! It would have made the process slightly easier.

I recently learned about a company called Taste Guru that sends monthly boxes filled with gluten-free products. How awesome is that? A box delivered to your doorstep filled with gluten-free goodies. I so wish I had this service when I went gluten-free four years ago – It would have been the highlight of my month!

The BEST thing about utilizing resources like Taste Guru is that you get a lot more bang for your buck! The cost of one month’s box is $24.99, yet the value of the box is between $75 -$100. That’s like gluten-free gold. The company also prides itself on the fact that the boxes don’t just contain gluten-free food, but they contain GOOD gluten-free food. There’s none of that hard, questionable looking, bird-food stuff.

Tip #4: Keep a List

Have you ever tried a product, fell in love with it, then when you went to buy it again, you couldn’t remember the brand name for the life of you?!

When my family first went gluten-free, we would tear off the name on the box of crackers, or keep the bag it came in, so we would not only know the name, but also what the packaging looked like. We ended up having a somewhat large stack of package scraps but it sure was worth it! I’d rather have a pile of brand names to spark my memory than lose the chance to have my favorite product again.

A more efficient method than ours might be to start an excel spreadsheet (yes, the nerd in me is coming out now). Have a column for food type, brand name, link to website, and where you purchased the product at. This can help you to stay organized, know which store carries which brand, and make your shopping experience more efficient!

Tip #5: Believe in the Little Guy

Sometimes the best products are from start-up companies. Why? Because these people have a passion for gluten-free living and they oftentimes create the product for themselves or a loved one to eat. Who doesn’t want to eat food that is literally baked with love?

So give the ma and pa shops a little g-free love when you see them promoting themselves at the gluten-free expo, Celiac tour, or just at your local grocery store! I bet you won’t be sorry!

Laura Hanley, known as G-Free Laura, has been gluten-free since 2009 and reviews products, restaurants, posts simple recipes, and writes about gluten-free experiences on www.gfreelaura.com. Laura’s passion for spreading g-free love has led her to become a contributor for sites such as the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, Rudi’s Gluten-Free ‘Baked on the Bright Side‘ blog, and SwimUtopia. Visit Laura on FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedIn, and Google+.

Stuffed Flank Steak – Naturally gluten-free!

Stuffed Flank Steak - Yum!
Stuffed Flank Steak – Yum!

I saw something similar to this on Pinterest but their ingredients didn’t look good to me and they used breadcrumbs and a sauce that was not gluten-free. I wanted to make this as clean and wholesome as I could. Once you make it the first time, it is much easier to do the second, third time. You can always play around with ingredients as well for the filling!

Naturally Gluten-Free Stuffed Flank Steak 

Ingredients:

1.5 pounds of flank steak

2 tablespoons of garlic salt

1 tablespoon of onion powder

1 tablespoon of salt and pepper

2 cups of fresh spinach

1 red pepper diced

3 medium sized mushrooms diced or about ½ cup

2 cloves of garlic minced

¾ cup of chopped mozzarella cheese

4 tablespoons of olive oil

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reparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees
  2. Combine 3 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of garlic salt, 1 tablespoon of onion powder, ½ tablespoon of salt & pepper, 2 cups of spinach, all of the diced red peppers and mushrooms and the minced garlic into a bowl and mix all ingredients together.
  3. Transfer items to a skillet on medium heat covered for about 10-12 minutes stirring occasionally. You want all the ingredients to be cooked – especially the red peppers.
  4. Take out the mozzarella, cut it into small pieces and put aside in a separate bowl.
  5. Lay the piece of flank steak on your cutting surface over 3 or 4 pieces of twine long enough to tie the stuffed flank together when you are ready to roll it. I didn’t do it this way and it was hard to get the cotton under the flank without losing some of the stuffing.
  6. Cut the flank down the middle along the striations of the meat but do not cut all the way through, you want it to open up like a book.
  7. Rub with a small amount of olive oil then sprinkling the other ½ of the salt & pepper and 1 tablespoon of garlic salt.
  8. When the ingredients are done in the skillet, remove them without bringing all the liquid with them into the bowl with the mozzarella. I used a large draining spoon to remove them. Then mix everything together with the cheese.
  9. Take the stuffing and lay it all over the meat making a thin layer. You don’t want it to be too thick or it won’t roll and all the filling will come out.
  10. Once it is rolled, tie the strings one at a time a few inches apart around the flank. Cut the excess ends off the ties. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with some salt and pepper.
  11. Place in a greased dish into the oven for 25-30 minutes depending on the thickness of our flank.
  12. Enjoy!

 

 

 

A love letter to my dreamy husband Aaron – Happy Valentine’s Day!

Today is Valentine’s Day and I spent last night making Aaron a delicious gluten free meal that was completely different for us and outside the box. You see my husband is a simple man. And not stupid simple but basic simple. He just wants the basics to live debt free (which will never happen because I owe my life to the student loan industry), well fed, well rested and happy. He doesn’t need or want fancy things or to go on fancy trips to make him happy. I make him happy. He makes me happy. It’s amazing how time, life events and maturity can make life that simple.

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Valentine’s Day Roses dipped in Gold so they would last forever.

When I had a full time job making a good salary, I loved buying things. Nice and expensive things. I had Coach bags, designer clothes and shoes and we went on vacation a lot. But in life priority changes and situations change making you adapt or struggle. While I loved having a steady paycheck, I stopped loving my job. I was miserable and unhappy. Looking for ways to go out on my own. Aaron was and is my number one cheerleader. It’s funny how when the money went away, so did my desire to buy stuff all the time. Opening a business of my own was what I wanted to do and I couldn’t do the things we did before. We both made sacrifices for my business and Aaron did it with open arms (ok well with a few battles here and there).

I’m not going to say our life is perfect because it’s not. In the past 5.5 years of marriage we’ve certainly been tested. There have been fights, nights slept on the couch, trips to my mom’s house (alone), yelling, swearing but there have been many more times of laughter, love and joy. To say Aaron is my soul mate would be cliche but true. He makes me want to be a better person and perform at the top of my game. He also eats gluten free with me and makes me gluten free foods without complaints. I’d say that’s love right there…

In the past year and a half, I opened Bexa Body Fitness, was diagnosed with celiac disease, hashimoto’s hypothyroidism, a latex allergy, endometriosis and starting Pretty Little Celiac. It’s certainly been quite the journey. Aaron has always been there. I never had to question his love, dedication or happiness in our marriage. We accept each other for our strengths and flaws but I obviously have fewer flaws! (ha jk I’m a hot mess)

He tried acupuncture with me even though he never has anything wrong.
He tried acupuncture with me even though he never has anything wrong.

So for this Valentine’s Day, I listened to him and tried to make him a great dinner. Aaron usually cooks for us every night so I think he enjoyed coming home to a delicious dinner and gluten free desserts! Although whenever I make dinner it usually starts with , “Now I’m not so sure about this, I just made it up.” He did end up doing the rest of the dishes.

To my dearest Aaron:

You are the love of my life, my best friend and partner in crime. I couldn’t imagine my life without you. The last 8 years have been such a growing experience and I’m glad we could grow together. I really can’t wait to see what the next 50 years have in store for us, but I’m sure it’s going to be awesome. Now, let’s see if you actually read my blog.

I love you,

Your Pretty Little Wife

 

 

 

Why gluten-free menus are worthless…

…because very few restaurants educate their staff on gluten and how to protect customers.

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I’d like to say I’ve mastered the art of eating out with celiac disease but that would be a huge lie. I could say I’ve mastered the ability to order my meal but certainly not of educating each and every server I encounter.

We are all too familiar with bad restaurants, especially when it comes to gluten-free. The reviews are all over the internet and we keep speaking out but it seems no one is listening.

A while ago, I wrote a post about successfully eating out gluten-free but the more I experience it, the more I realize we have no control over what we actually eat in a restaurant. You see the reality is some servers will really care about you, take their time with you and make sure you have an amazing meal. But, even a server with the best intentions forgets things and gets busy leaving us with a stomach ache.

The only true way to stay  completely gluten-free is to make all your own meals, all the time. Sounds great right?

We can’t even get companies and the government to regulate ingredients labels so we know what we are consuming, why would we think the restaurant business cares about gluten? And why would we expect them to educate their staff on gluten related issues, even when they offer a gluten-free menu.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – higher end restaurants with chefs not cooks are going to be your best bet. Those places care about bad reviews and bad experiences. Their servers typically make more money and provider a higher quality of service. Please don’t think I’m stereotyping cheap restaurants because I’m sure in our world out there some little chains really know what they are doing and get it right, but the girl working at Taco Hut or The Burger Shack making $7.50/hour are less likely to care about gluten.

I mean how many times have you looked up a place to eat online, selected your option only to get there and find out they don’t carry half the items on the gluten-free menu posted by corporate online?

Or how many times have you eaten out only to have food brought out still with croutons, breadcrumbs or something else incorrect?

Or how many times have you eaten off the gluten-free menu only to poop your pants and have a migraine for 3 days?

It happens. It happens probably more often than we think. But, until the government and FDA take gluten seriously, we can’t expect to be treated the same as someone with a nut allergy.

So, what we can do about this?

Advocate for food label changes. Educate ourselves about menus prior to going to restaurants. Read reviews online to see if people have difficult experiences there. Write reviews about our experiences both positive and negative. Don’t beat yourself up if you get sick after eating out. Learn to cook more gluten free meals at home. And lastly, remember you aren’t the only one going through this….

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Super Easy Bison Gluten-Free Chili

Grocery Items! I didn’t end up using the Spinach and I wouldn’t use the paste second time around
Grocery Items! I didn’t end up using the Spinach and I wouldn’t use the paste second time around

Bison Gluten-Free Chili

1lb Bison stew meat or Bison steaks (cut into bite size pieces)

1 Green Pepper

3 Stalks of celery

1 Can of tomato sauce

1 Can of roasted tomatoes

1 Can of kidney beans

1 Can of cannellini beans

1 Tablespoon chili powder

1 Tablespoon garlic salt

1 Tablespoon onion powder

1/2 Tablespoon cumin

Lactose free or regular sour cream

Shredded cheddar cheese

**All brands of ingredients should be checked to ensure they are indeed gluten-free**

After browning I cut them into little bite size pieces.
After browning I cut them into little bite size pieces.

1. Cut the bison into small bite size pieces and put in a skillet or frying pan to brown to desired temperature. Medium is good for this because they will cook more in the chili while it’s on the stove.

2. Get out a large soup pot or slow cooker to put the rest of the ingredients.

3. Cut the green pepper and celery into bite size pieces.

4. After browning the bison and cutting the veggies, place everything together in the soup pot or slow cooker. I don’t drain the beans because it makes the chili less thick. Stir everything together and turn on a med/low heat. Let simmer for about 45 minutes to an hour.

Just throw it all into the pot!
Just throw it all into the pot!

5. I love to top my bowl of chili with shredded cheese and a dollop of sour cream. I found a great brand of lactose free sour cream that I really love.

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Of course feel free to add some spice, I like things pretty mild due to heartburn with spicy foods! I started out with adding some tomato paste but it made the chili a little too thick for my liking. I would skip it in your version if you like the sauce thinner.

 

 

 

 

 

How to bust a rut and re-energize your life in 5 simple steps!!!

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This is day 3 of our girls vacation to San Antonio. I don’t want to curse it but it’s been so far so good! I did eat a Cliff bar at the airport that had malt in it and I didn’t realize but it actually didn’t do anything to me so I guess I can say I lucked out on that one.

Yesterday we went to eat at Canyon Cafe. It was really good. I ordered tilapia tacos and they came with a slaw, black beans, rice and a wonderful sauce. I caved and ate corn. They tasted great and I didn’t have any stomach aches what so ever. I’m starting to wonder if my weight gain and the problems I was having was from the endometriosis and not corn. I actually feel amazing these past few days. I even went running in this beautiful Texas weather. (Ok full disclosure it was a run/jog for 3.5 miles but it felt great!)

I’m not sure if it’s the beautiful weather, the fact that I’m on vacation or that I’m healing but I’m high on life right now and loving it.

When’s the last time you had an “Ah-Ha moment” where life just felt great?

Sometimes I think we get caught up in the routine of gluten blah blah, celiac whatever and fail to stop and look around to see how lucky we are that we can go through all these things and hopefully end up on top. It’s wonderful to know I’m getting this gluten-free gig to be pretty manageable, can go on vacation without stressing out and am on my way to getting my health and fitness back.

Do you feel like you are in a rut or you can’t catch a break? I’ve been thinking about ways to bust the rut back in Ohio, especially with this crappy weather and here’s what I’ve come up with!

1. Limit TV watching. Whenever I travel, I very rarely watch television. I might be on the computer doing work but I’m not laying on the couch watching TV. I’m going to really try to focus on watching TV only a few times a week to bust out of that horrible rut.

2. Get back into working out now that I feel so much better. For me I know exactly what I need to do to get back into my routine at the gym. This laparoscopy was the best thing I could have done because I feel on top of the world. Are you new to fitness or looking for a new routine?

3. Plan some more trips. I know they can be expensive but they don’t have to be. Plan some time with your family, loved ones or friends and just take an overnight adventure somewhere. I love traveling and have been several places in the last few months. I find that they energize me and make me much more efficient after I get back. Take a tour of a new city or find a beautiful bed and breakfast for a romantic getaway. Sometimes we forget how important it is to sit back and relax.

4. Shut down your cell phone. Mine is always glued to my hand!! How do you think I can keep in contact with all of your beautiful PLC’s?? Between social media, games and email, I find myself constantly looking at the screen. When you are with your family, shut it down and spend time with them. Maybe even open a book!

5. Find a new hobby or renew your love or an old one. I might start swimming laps again or pick up cooking (to add recipes to this blog of course. With all the free time from electronics, I will have plenty of time for all these things.

How do you shut it down and re-energize yourself?